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Obert Edwin Jacobson, Jr.

Mar 6, 2021

June 13, 1940 – Feb. 23, 2021

Obert Edwin Jacobson,

Jr. the son of Obert E. and

Irene (Anderson) Jacob-

son, Sr. was born June 13,

1940 in Drake, North

Dakota. He died at the

age of 80 years on Tues-

day, February 23, 2021 at

the Souris Valley Care

Center in Velva, North

Dakota following a brief


Obert was raised in the

rural Butte, North Dakota

home of his parents and

attended a one-room

country school and went

on to graduate from Butte

High School. He com-

pleted his education at

the North Dakota School

of Science in Wahpeton,

North Dakota. While

there he met his future

wife to be, Nancy Titus.

Obert and Nancy where

united in marriage on July

8, 1963 in Oakes, North

Dakota. Returning to

Butte, Obert worked at the

Butte Farmers Union Oil

from 1962-1969 and later

moved to Balta, to manage

the Farmers Union Oil

station there. He and

Nancy moved the family

to Towner, North Dakota

in 1977, where he worked

at the Towner Farmers

Union Oil until they built

the new station, he then

transferred to the Rugby

Farmers Union Oil. He

retired in 2002.

While Obert was work-

ing with Farmers Union

Oil, Nancy was employed

by Klein’s Auto. In 1987,

she bought the parts por-

tion of the business, and

along with Richard

Berndt, began operation of

her own business,

“Towner Parts and

Repair”, which she

operated until ill health

forced her to retire. Nan-

cy died June 5, 1999.

Obert assisted in the busi-

ness over the years and

went full-time after his re-

tirement. In December of

2014, he officially retired

for the last time, selling

the business to Richard

Berndt. After years of

courtship, Obert was unit-

ed in marriage to Merrie

Schmidt on September 3,

2016 at Faith Lutheran

Church in Towner, where

they also reside.

Obert is survived by his

wife, Merrie; his children,

Rita (Ernie) Lystad of

Granville, Edwin of

Towner and Scott (Cam-

eron) of Grand Forks; 3

Grandsons, 3 Grand-

daughters; 1

great-grandson; 1

great-granddaughter; his

step-children, Julie (Meni-

no) Fernandes of Farming-

ton, MN, Katelyn Carabal-

lo (Steven Kerchner) of

Cincinnati, OH, Samuel

(Chenise) Leighton of

Towner and Bobbi Leigh-

ton of Bismarck; 6


sisters-in-law, Joan

Schiffner of Lake Park,

MN & Sandra (Hilton)

Barnes of Fargo; several

nieces, nephews, other re-

latives and a host of

friends; and his special fe-

line friend, Speedy. He

was preceded in death by

his first wife, Nancy; a

brother-in-law, Jim

Schiffner; and his parents.

A Private Family

Memorial Service was

held on Monday, March

1st at Faith Lutheran

Church in Towner with

Pastor Daryl Rothchild

presiding. A public

graveside service will be

held in the summer at St.

Cecilia’s Cemetery, Town-

er all to be announced

then. His service was

videoed and available on

the link provided in his

obituary on the


com website.

Organist: Peggy Roth-


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Towner. Online regis-




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